Back door at Traco in the day.
Jim Travers and Frank Coon are in the middle of the Scarab sportscar. Looking at the fuel tank are Phil Remington and Harold Daigh, also in the picture are Emil Deidt the body man at the back of the car and Dick Troutman is in the doorway. The guy in the long shirt is Marshall Whitfield and in the suit is engine builder Leo Goosen and Sonny Balcaen is at the front of the car.
Traco Engineering was formed around 1957 by Jim Travers, known as Crabby and Frank Coon. They were the crew for Bill Vukovich's Indy effort.
Some of their customers were Lance Reventlow and Roger Penske and Bruce McLaren and Carl Haas and Jerry Hansen to name a few. They also made engines for Charlie Hayes and Chuck Parsons and Augie Pabst and Graham Hill and Moises Solana and Roy Woods racing and Mecom Racing. At one time in the 60's everyone wanted to run a Traco engine.
Bruce McLaren sent his crew to Traco in the day to try and develope the Indy type Ford 4 cam motor into a viable Formula One motor.
photo Warren Olson collection
Jim Travers on the starter at Indy for Vukie.
At the back of the car Stu Hilborn and Frank Coon and sitting on the wall Jim Nairn.
Some of the other engine builders who got their start at Traco were Al Bartz and George Bolthoff.
photo Rex Dean collection.
Edited by Jerry Entin, 23 November 2012 - 10:43.